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Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 5:50 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

A new website contains a list of and information about the properties that were vacated and allows a way for members of the public and community groups to submit their suggestions. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

CPS Plans to Relocate HQ: Report

CPS Plans to Relocate HQ: Report

The action comes just months after officials in the nation's third-largest school district shuttered dozens of schools in what they said was a cost-cutting move due to under-utilization. Read »

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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By Natalie Martinez, Christian Farr

CPS Passes Budget Amid Protests

CPS Passes Budget Amid Protests

Two similar school fights were happening in Chicago on Wednesday, one on the streets with protestors boycotting recent school closures and the other inside CPS headquarters where board members considered the... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Mayor, Schools Chief Clarify 'Safe Passage'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his schools chief touted the importance of the Safe Passage program again Tuesday, hours after a spray of bullets along one such route in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood that left five... Read »

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 1:57 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Judge Denies Request to Stop School Closures

Judge Denies Request to Stop School Closures

U.S. District Court Judge John Z. Lee said plaintiff's failed to prove the crux of their case: that students with disabilities and African American students would be disproportionately harmed by the closures. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Rahm to Guardian Angels: Get Off Mag Mile

His remarks come a day after members of the non-profit volunteer organization distributed flyers along one of the city's prominent shopping districts. The flyers referred to the Magnificent Mile as "Muggers... Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Teachers Blast CPS' 5-Year Blueprint

Teachers Blast CPS' 5-Year Blueprint

Teachers say they weren't included in the planning, calling her education plan one which will "foster mistrust, alienation and lowered expectations." Read »

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

4 Chicago Schools Spared from Closure List

Manierre Elementary, at 1420 N. Hudson Ave., in the city's Old Town neighborhood, has been removed from the list of more than 50 schools district officials proposed closing, according to published reports. Read »

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6:14 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern
      

Mayor Not Worried About Political Fallout from CPS Closures

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's so sure his plan is the right one that he said not taking the action would have far greater consequences for the students he said would be robbed of a quality education. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, BJ Lutz
      

School Closure Opponents Arrested at City Hall

Rally was part of the Chicago Teachers Union's three days of marches and protests demanding a moratorium on school closures. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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